(Last Updated on : 11/04/2012)
Kedareswara Temple has an outer ring from where one can see eight rows of freizes in the images of elephants, lions and horses. Above the freizes there are two rows of carved deities. Besides the stylishly engraved walls and the ceiling, the basement of the temple has a plethora of sculptured friezes highlighting stories of the epics Ramayana
and Bhagavad Gita
The sanctorum houses a Kedareshwara (Shiva) Linga made by Krishnalila that is made of a type of black stone. To the south of it is Brahma linga and the statue of Janardhana at the north. The statues of Tandaveshwara, Uma Maheshwara, Bhairava, Varaha and many other gods illustrate the mythology behind the summits. Kedareswara is a Shaiva temple. The south shrine has a linga but it is called Brahma and north shrine has an image of Lord Vishnu
in the form of Janardhana.
The temple is square shaped accompanied by several recesses and projections. The outer walls of the open mandapa have well carved female figures. These women have been shown to wear ornaments. The towers are generally well decorated. The images of deities like Tandaveshwara, Varaha, Uma Narasimha, Bhairava and others appear here. Sukanasi on these towers are also an important and recurring feature of this temple.
A third shrine is located at the western direction. It dates back to 7th or 8th century. The main shrine and the open mandapa have been connected with the help of the vestibule. In addition there are two rows of pillars. These pillars are lathe turned and have been adorned with bell shaped mouldings. Such a feature was popular with both the Western Chalukyas and Hoysalas. The ceiling of the mandapa is flat and inner one is well decorated with sculpted lotuses. It also displays the image of Tandaveshwara or dancing Shiva. A carved figure of Nandi
faces the main shrine.
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